John Piper has definitely written some great books, and many people have been blessed by his teachings. Lately, however, John Piper is acting a bit strange. He may lose support, with very good reason. Go to the links, read, and decide for yourself.
~ The infamous, “endure abuse for a season” video.
~ His declaration that God gave Christianity a “masculine feel“.
~ His support for a faltering organization.
~ Or this post from 2007, which states that any man who endorses women in combat is a wimp. Here’s a quote from the article ~
“Suppose, I said, a couple of you students, Jason and Sarah, were walking to McDonald’s after dark. And suppose a man with a knife jumped out of the bushes and threatened you. And suppose Jason knows that Sarah has a black belt in karate and could probably disarm the assailant better than he could. Should he step back and tell her to do it? No. He should step in front of her and be ready to lay down his life to protect her, irrespective of competency. It is written on his soul. That is what manhood does.” ~ John Piper
So let me get this straight…real “manhood” means letting someone get the tar beat out of him while someone who is competent to prevent the beating has to stand by and do nothing, because she’s a woman. That’s “Biblical manhood”? Here’s a great response by Jenny Rae Armstrong on the subject ~
“The really interesting thing here is that while Piper acknowledges that gender stereotypes do not always line up with reality, and that clinging to traditional gender roles is not always the most efficient, effective way of getting things done, he insists that it is right to cling to them anyway, even at the cost of life, limb, and a competent woman’s conscience. It seems to me that this is because he views masculinity, femininity, and the relationship between men and women as symbolic, almost a Christianized version of Plato’s Theory of Forms. In this paradigm, the individual is subsumed by the ideal, the here-and-now human relationship by the eschatological one it points toward. It doesn’t matter if Sarah has a black belt, and Jason is physically handicapped in some way–the important thing is that they live up to some cosmic ideal of manhood and womanhood, as a way of representing God and humanity’s relationship with Him.”
I’m wondering, how many mistakes and missteps should we tolerate from prominent teachers and leaders before they lose credibility? Are the things John Piper written and said in the past enough to cover the hurtful, even nonsensical things he has said lately?